Paper sues Vt. colleges for disciplinary records

VERMONT -- A St. Johnsbury newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the Vermont State Colleges system after one of the system's colleges refused to release student disciplinary information to the paper.

The Caldonian-Record filed a lawsuit last April against Lyndon State College and the Vermont State Colleges in Washington County Superior Court for violating the state's open-meetings and open-records laws when the schools refused to release detailed disciplinary records regarding crimes of violence or nonforcible sexual offenses that occurred on campus in the past five years.

Student government evicts campus paper

CANADA -- The Canadian equivalent to First Amendment rights for the student media took a blow in October when a judge decided in favor of a Montreal student government association that locked a university student newspaper out of its offices.

The McGill University Student Society, a student government body, changed the locks on the office doors of The McGill Daily because it said the newspaper's lease had expired.

The lease agreement was entrusted to the student society by the university in the form of a student union in the early 1990s, and the student society sublet The Daily's office space to the paper until 1994 when the written lease expired.

Private schools must honor own guidelines

MASSACHUSETTS -- The state supreme court said colleges and universities must abide by the rules outlined in their student handbooks in a September ruling relating to Brandeis University's handling of a campus disciplinary hearing.

Student press advocates believe the court's affirmation of private schools' responsibility to abide by their own regulations is significant for the college student press because many private colleges that outline student press rights in their student handbooks fail to abide by those guidelines.

In the case, Schaer v.